Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics - 12922BR

Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Department: 
Physics and Astronomy
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
F-Faculty

Position Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas (KU) seeks applicants for an Assistant Professorship in computational, theoretical, or observational astronomy or astrophysics to begin as early as August 18, 2019.

The KU astronomy & astrophysics group has active research on observational galaxy evolution, observational galactic and stellar astronomy, high energy theoretical astrophysics, theoretical plasma astrophysics, cosmology, space physics, and observational nebular astrophysics. The qualifying candidates must have a doctorate degree in Astronomy, Physics or a closely related field and relevant postdoctoral experience. A strong record of research and commitment to excellence in teaching are required. Candidates with a computational, theoretical, or observational background who work in the broad realm of extragalactic or galactic astrophysics are particularly encouraged to apply, although all qualified applicants will be considered. Some preference will be given to applicants who will have synergy with the research interests of KU faculty members. These interests include observational extragalactic astronomy and theoretical high energy astrophysics. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Our department and university are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these causes are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in Physics and Astronomy. This includes, but is not limited to, women, racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities, and LGBTQIA individuals as well as those residing at the intersection of these axes. In addition, candidates with experience and/or demonstrated potential to effectively contribute to a diverse and inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply.

Lawrence, KS is an excellent place to live. It is an affordable and progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. It has often been called the "Austin of Kansas." It is also less than an hour drive from Kansas City.

Job Description

40% - Teaching/Advising
  • Teach two classes per academic year in astronomy and astrophysics at the graduate or undergraduate level. Teach advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in area of specialization. Teach advanced undergraduate and graduate classes in area of specialization. Courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
  • Participate in the advising of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Participate in the advising of masters and doctoral students with the goal of actively participating as a dissertation/thesis director and professional mentor for doctoral/masters students. Supervise Honors studies.
  • Supervise research with undergraduate students.
  • Conduct course evaluations with student input as directed by the university.
  • Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  • Adhere to program, College, and the University policies.
40% - Research
The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a national profile of high quality faculty research. Faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. The faculty member should be a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout their career. Faculty members are expected to publish impactful papers in peer reviewed astronomy, astrophysics, or physics journals and to present findings at professional conferences. They are also expected to obtain significant amounts of external funding and to build a national and international reputation.

20% - Service
  • Attend Departmental meetings.
  • Contribute service to the Department and perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels as the opportunities arise.
  • Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles, activity in national organizations, organizing meetings or workshops.
Collegiality - All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity demonstrated by publications and C.V., and (3) information provided from professional references:
  1. Doctorate degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or closely related fields by the time of appointment as well as at least six (6) months of postdoctoral experience in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics.
  2. Established record of research in astronomy or astrophysics.
  3. Commitment to excellence in teaching astronomy and astrophysics at graduate and undergraduate levels, as evidenced by teaching statement.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes the following materials: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement of current and future research interests (up to 5 pages), a Teaching Statement of teaching interests and philosophy (up to 2 pages) and the names and contact information for three professional references. The candidate should also arrange for the three reference letters to be sent to kuastrosearch@ku.edu.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.

Review of application will begin on November 10, 2018 and continues as needed to ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool. All application materials should be received by this date for proper consideration.

Contact Information to Applicants

For questions regarding this position contact either of the following Co-Chairs:
Professor Mikhail Medvedev
Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 1082 Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
kuastrosearch@ku.edu
785-864-4099

OR

Professor Gregory Rudnick
Physics & Astronomy
University of Kansas
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, 1082 Malott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
kuastrosearch@ku.edu
785-864-4025

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

10-Nov-2018

Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2019

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
12922BR
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Location/Division:
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
F-Faculty
Application Review Begins:
10-Nov-2018
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